Rumor: HTC M7 to Ditch Megapixels, Feature 'Ultrapixels'

HTC's rumored and all-but-confirmed high-end M7 smartphone, is said to be abandoning the standard camera sensor in favor of 'Ultrapixels.'

Despite speculation suggesting HTC's flagship device for 2013 will sport a 13-megapixel sensor, sources familiar with the device have told Pocket-lint that it will use Ultrapixels instead.

The device's camera will consist of three 4.3-megapixel sensor layers. Every pixel would be shot three times, the subsequent images being combined and processed in order to deliver the best image possible. This technology has striking similarities to Nokia's 43-megapixel PureView.

HTC's Ultrapixels would ultimately offer higher quality images in both color saturation and clarity. It'll also deliver a greater ability to digitally zoom into images.

While the HTC M7 has yet to be officially announced, the Taiwanese smartphone and tablet manufacturer recently chanted the device's name during a year-end company event, as seen below. The handset itself will be announced on February 20.


HTC M7

 

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  • outlw6669
    So.... They are using a Foveon sensor in the M7? Nice!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foveon_X3_sensor
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  • WithoutWeakness
    I wonder if the extra processing time needed per photo will affect how fast it can take photos in succession. I don't ever snap photos as fast as I can but if it takes it a half-second to process each photo it will definitely be noticeable to users. It sounds like it'll up the ante on what we come to expect quality-wise from cell phone cameras.
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  • guru_urug
    WithoutWeaknessI wonder if the extra processing time needed per photo will affect how fast it can take photos in succession. I don't ever snap photos as fast as I can but if it takes it a half-second to process each photo it will definitely be noticeable to users. It sounds like it'll up the ante on what we come to expect quality-wise from cell phone cameras.


    Even if the processing time between shots is noticible with the 3 sensors in tandem, Im pretty sure you'd get an option to utilize a single sensor for quicker shots.
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